The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office locked up a homeless man and a Gaston County man Friday on felony drug charges, following a month-long investigation headed by the narcotics division, deputies said.
Investigators were working surveillance at the Marathon gas station on East Main Street when they told the Times-News they observed a suspicious-looking vehicle enter the parking lot.
A search of the vehicle turned up 3 ounces of crack cocaine, a significant amount of the illegal substance, narcotics officers said.
Deputies charged 35-year-old Tony Eugene Meeks, who told officers he was homeless, with one count each of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy, and the driver of the vehicle, Stevilen Latral Cathcart, 27, of 402 Queens Road in Gastonia, with one count of conspiracy, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Both men remain behind bars, Meeks under a $100,000 secured bond and Cathcart under a $35,000 secured bond.
Meeks has a felony history in Gaston, Cleveland and Granville counties dating back to 1994, according to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website. He spent nearly a year in prison for breaking and entering vehicles, the site showed. Additional felonies to his name include two separate instances of possession of a schedule II controlled substance along with possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, larceny from person, possession of a firearm by a felon, riot and civil disorders, breaking and entering and multiple instances of larceny.
Cathcart served a more than three-year prison sentence for Gaston County convictions involving a drug-related charge and possession of a firearm by a felon, NC DOC listed. In addition, in 2002, a judge found him guilty of being an accessory after the fact to a robbery involving a dangerous weapon. Additional misdemeanors on his record include assault on a female, assault inflicting serious injury and interfering with emergency communication.
Both men are set to make a second court appearance on Dec. 19.